We have celebrated National Pie Day, which falls on January 23rd, for the past two or three years ever since I learned of it’s existence. Every year my pie enthusiast friends and I lament that the holiday falls during a time when the berries are not in season. I always vow to throw another celebration for pie during the summer months but then life gets busy and I never do. But this year I am on my game. Saturday, August 4th has been marked as the first ever Summer Pie Day.
Since the weather is going to be absolutely wonderful, sunny with a high of 80, we are going all out and hosting a BBQ as well. The menu will be all about keeping it simple and will involve things that can be prepared ahead of time. I think marinated beef and chicken shish kabobs as well as oil drizzled, herb sprinkled veggie ones will do nicely. I have asked all invited to bring a small side dish along with, of course, a pie. And I warned that there would be some friendly mocking if they came with a store bought pie.
I have done little to no preparation for Summer Pie Day. Grocery shopping and pie crust making will have to happen today. Plus there are the berries to consider. The boys, Dexter the dog, and I have been taking daily walks down the road to our neighborhood blackberry patch to check on the ripeness of the berries. During one of our walks the boys found what they call the most perfect walking sticks ever! and now they don’t walk anywhere without them.
Carter is very good at sampling the berries to see if they are ripe.
There is nothing like a fresh blackberry pie, especially when the berries are free.
These pictures were taken Thursday morning. With a little bit of luck and plenty of sunshine, I think enough berries will be ripe for the picking come Saturday morning for one delicious blackberry pie.